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Signing Day Central
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 01/31/2009

Jan. 31, 2009

  • Maryland Signs 24 Recruits for 2009 Season
  • Friedgen Signing Day News Conference Video
  • Recruiting Celebration Video (In-depth look at recruits)

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. - National Football Signing Day is scheduled for Wednesday, February 4.

    Maryland's Signing Day Central will provide the most comprehensive coverage of the 2009 recruiting class.

    Return throughout Signing Day for updates as the signings become official.

    Signee bios will be posted shortly after paperwork becomes official. Video on the signees will be available later that day on FearTheTerps.com.

    Signing Day Log (confirmed NLIs)

  • Bennett Fulper (7:01 a.m.)
  • Danny O'Brien (7:01 a.m.)
  • Nick Klemm (7:01 a.m.)
  • C.J. Brown (7:02 a.m.)
  • D.J. Adams (7:02 a.m.)
  • Nick Ferrara (7:04 a.m.)
  • Dexter McDougle (7:04 a.m.)
  • Avery Graham (7:05 a.m.)
  • Marcus Whitfield (7:05 a.m.)
  • Isaiah Ross (7:05 a.m.)
  • Caleb Porzel (7:05 a.m.)
  • Dave Stinebaugh (7:07 a.m.)
  • Bradley Johnson (7:07 a.m.)
  • David Mackall (7:10 a.m.)
  • Justin Anderson (7:10 a.m.)
  • Travis Hawkins (7:11 a.m.)
  • Pete DeSouza (7:35 a.m.)
  • Lorne Goree (7:55 a.m.)
  • Ryan Donohue (8:02 a.m.)
  • Eric Franklin (9:00 a.m.)
  • Peter White (9:14 a.m.)

    Times indicate when the letter was signed. Posted upon approval though Maryland compliance office

    Signing Day Schedule (all times EST)

  • 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Live updates on this page
  • 4 p.m. -- Head coach Ralph Friedgen officially announces the 2009 class to the media at the Gossett Team House (closed to the public). The news conference can be viewed live by clicking here.
  • 5-8 p.m. -- The Maryland Gridiron Network will hold a signing day celebration on campus at the Riggs Alumni Center. The event is open to all Maryland football fans. Click here for more information.

    The Football Signing Day Celebration can also be viewed live on Maryland All-Access by clicking here. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Friedgen will give an in-depth look at each of the incoming recruits.

    Fans who are unable to attend the event may e-mail questions to Friedgen. Questions may be submitted ahead of time or during the event. Friedgen will answer the questions during the celebration.

    NamePositionHeightWeightClassHometown (Previous School)Video
    D.J. AdamsRB5-10210Fr.-HSNorcross, Ga. (Norcross High School)
    Justin AndersonDL6-5265Fr.-HSBlythewood, S.C. (Blythewood High School)
    De'Onte ArnettDL6-4250Fr.-HSCapitol Heights, Md. (Forestville Military Academy)
    C.J. BrownQB6-3185Fr.-HSCranberry Twp., Pa. (Seneca Valley High School)
    Pete DeSouzaOL6-7325Fr.-HSSilver Spring, Md. (DeMatha High School)
    Ryan DonohueLB6-2220Fr.-HSMontvale, N.J. (St. Joseph Regional High School)
    Darin DrakefordLB6-2220Fr.-HSWashington, D.C. (Theodore Roosevelt High School)
    Nick FerraraPK/P6-1195Fr.-HSHicksville, N.Y. (St. Anthony's High School)
    Eric FranklinDB6-3190Fr.-HSBaltimore, Md. (Archbishop Curley High School)
    Bennett FulperOL6-4285Fr.-HSGretna, Va. (Gretna High School)
    Lorne GoreeLB6-2200Fr.-HSSpringdale, Md. (C.H. Flowers High School)
    Avery GrahamDB5-10185Fr.-HSClarksburg, Md. (Clarksburg, High School)
    Travis HawkinsDB5-10185Fr.-HSGaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard High School)
    Bradley JohnsonLB6-1210Fr.-HSDinwiddie, Va. (Dinwiddie High School)
    Nick KlemmOL6-7275Fr.-HSMarietta, Ga. (Wheeler High School)
    David MackallLB6-3256Fr.-HSBaltimore, Md. (Edmondson-Westside High School)
    Dexter McDougleDB6-0185Fr.-HSFalmouth, Va. (Stafford Senior High School)
    Avery MurrayLB6-1220Fr.-HSFlorence, S.C. (West Florence High School)
    Danny O'BrienQB6-3200Fr.-HSKernersville, N.C. (East Forsyth High School)
    Caleb PorzelRB5-9185Fr.-HSOlney, Md. (Good Counsel High School)
    Isaiah RossLB6-2248Fr.-HSGreenbelt, Md. (Eleanor Roosevelt High School)
    Dave StinebaughTE 6-4215Fr.-HSBaltimore, Md. (Perry Hall High School)
    Pete WhiteOL6-5340Fr.-HSWashington, D.C. (St. John's College High School)
    Marcus WhitfieldLB6-2220Fr.-HSGermantown, Md. (Northwest High School)
    Other Roster Additions
    Cody Blue*DL6-5280Fr.-HSColumbia, Md. (Wilde Lake HS/Fork Union Military Academy)
    Zachariah Kerr*DL6-3325Fr.-HSGaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard HS/Fork Union Mililtary Academy)

    * - signed in 2008 and enrolled in January


    Spring 2009 Additions
    Bios courtesy of MaxPreps

    De'Onte Arnett
    Defensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-4, 250
    Capitol Heights, Md. (Forestville Military Academy)
    Senior Year Bio (courtesy of MaxPreps)

    Enrolled in classes in January and will participate in spring practice ... will have four years of eligibility beginning in the fall.

    At Forestville Military Academy: A heralded defensive lineman ... ranked No. 6 nationally among strongside defensive ends by Rivals.com as a senior ... also ranked third nationally among DEs against the run and fifth on the list of strongest ends by Rivals ... No. 93 on Rivals.com's top 100 players in the 2009 class ... also a member (No. 2) of the Rivals.com 2008 Maryland Postseason Top 20 ... a 2008 all-state selection ... named most valuable lineman at the 2008 Crab Bowl, a local postseason all-star game ... also considered Ohio State, Georgia, Michigan State, Tennessee and Boston College ... coached by Charles Harley ... recruited by James Franklin.

    Personal: Born Dec. 19, 1991 in Washington, D.C. ... mother is Stacie Arnett ... has two younger siblings (Ashante, 14; Malik, 12) ... chose Maryland because of the engineering and football programs ... likes to play chess in his spare time.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On defensive lineman De'Onte Arnett:
    "De'Onte is a very good student and wants to be an engineer. He is a renowned pass rusher, and we are hoping that he can come in and provide that force."


    Cody Blue
    Defensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-5, 280
    Columbia, Md. (Wilde Lake High School/Fork Union Military Academy)

    Enrolled in classes in January and will participate in spring practice ... will have four years of eligibility beginning in the fall ... signed a National Letter of Intent in 2008.

    At Fork Union Military Academy (2008): Attended the prepatory school in the fall ... ranked No. 24 nationally among prep school recruits by Rivals.com.

    At Wilde Lake High School: A hard-working defensive tackle who can move well despite his large frame...the 19th-ranked player in the state of Maryland according to Rivals.com...a three-star prospect, ranked as the 64th-best defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com and No. 78 among offensive tackles by Scouts, Inc. ... a two-way starter at offensive tackle and along the defensive line...helped lead the team to an 8-2 record his senior season when totaled 38 tackles, including four sacks, along the defensive line...a 2007 first-team Big School All-Maryland selection along the offensive line ... a second-team All-Howard County selection as an offensive tackle by the Baltimore Sun...also lettered in track (shot put)...also considered Illinois, Connecticut, Boston College and Virginia Tech...coached by Doug Duvall ... recruited by Dave Sollazzo.

    Personal: Born Jan. 31, 1990 in Baltimore...parents are Dana Blue and Petra Montague...father played quarterback at Towson University...has worked hard to improve his grades and chose Maryland partly because of the program's emphasis on academics...planning to major in criminal justice.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On defensive lineman Cody Blue:
    "Cody has really matured as an individual [at Fork Union Military Academy]. He has slimmed down a little bit. He entered Fork Union at about 300 pounds and is now down to about 280 pounds. He looks like he is in great shape, and we are anxious to have him involved in our program."


    Darin Drakeford
    Linebacker
    Fr.-HS, 6-2, 220
    Washington, D.C. (Theodore Roosevelt High School)
    Senior Year Bio (courtesy of MaxPreps)

    Enrolled in classes in January and will participate in spring practice ... will have four years of eligibility beginning in the fall.

    At Theodore Roosevelt High School: An athletic, sure-tackling linebacker ... ranked No. 41 nationally among outside linebackers by Scout, Inc. ... also ranked 41st nationally among weakside LBs by Scout.com and No. 77 among outside backers by Rivals.com ... a two-time All-Met selection (first team TE as a senior; second team DL as a junior) ... a four-time All-DCIAA choice ... as a senior, posted 124 tackles, including 14 sacks, and four forced fumbles ... also rushed the ball 24 times for 358 yards, caught nine passes for 229 yards and scored 13 TDs in 2008 ... had 94 tackles, including a school-record 22 sacks, eight caused fumbles and one interception as a junior ... also participated in basketball and track for the Rough Riders ... earned MVP honors for the 2008 city title basketball game ... also considered Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Illinois, Boston College and Duke ... coached by Daryl Tilghman ... recruited by James Franklin.

    Personal: Born July 9, 1991 in Washington D.C. ... mother is Aretha Alexander ... nickname is Drake ... undecided on a major.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On linebacker Darin Drakeford:
    "Darin is a great linebacker who we heavily recruited. He is good student. Just from watching him, he can run extremely well. He is going to get bigger, stronger and that will happen, but you can see that he is very athletic."


    Zachariah Kerr
    Defensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-3, 325
    Gaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard High School/Fork Union Military Academy)
    Senior Year Bio (courtesy of MaxPreps)

    Enrolled in classes in January and will participate in spring practice ... will have four years of eligibility beginning in the fall ... signed a National Letter of Intent in 2008.

    At Fork Union Military Academy (2008): Attended the prepatory school in the fall ... ranked No. 42 nationally among prep school recruits by Rivals.com.

    At Quince Orchard High School: A massive, hard-working defensive tackle who shined as a senior despite constant double teams ... the 11th-ranked player in the state of Maryland according to Rivals.com ... ranked No. 31 nationally among defensive tackles by Scouts, Inc. ... also rated No. 55 nationally by Rivals.com and No. 81 by Scout.com ... earned All-Met, all-county, and all-state honors in both 2006 and 2007 ... totaled 55 tackles and 6.5 sacks as a junior ... recorded 40 tackles and three sacks in 2007 as he led Quince Orchard to a state championship win over Arundel ... had a fourth-down stop on the goal line in that game ... also started at offensive tackle ... also recruited by Rutgers, Penn State, Illinois, Nebraska, and Minnesota, among others ... coached by Dave Mencarini ... recruited by Dave Sollazzo.

    Personal: Born Aug. 29, 1990 in Virginia Beach, Va.... mother is Tinya Kerr ... father is the late Winston Kerr ... has two sisters, Zittorah and Zionna ... could not play football prior to high school because he was too big, so he helped as an assistant with his local little league team ... plans to major in communications.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On defensive lineman Zachariah Kerr:
    "Zach has come in and he is a big, strong kid with a big body. I think that he will be an excellent football player. He is very athletic for a guy his size."


    Avery Murray
    Linebacker
    Fr.-HS, 6-1, 220
    Florence, S.C. (West Florence High School)

    Enrolled in classes in January and will participate in spring practice ... will have four years of eligibility beginning in the fall.

    At West Florence High School: An explosive, sure-tackling linebacker... ranked No. 42 nationally among weakside linebackers by Scout.com ... also No. 53 among outside linebackers by Scout, Inc. ... a member of the Rivals.com 2008 South Carolina Postseason Top 35 ... member of the SuperPrep South Carolina Top 46 ... a three-year starter ... posted 102 tackles, including four sacks, and two interceptions as a senior when he earned All-4A state honors ... had 386 rushing yards and 12 TDs in 2008 ... also an all-region choice as a senior... also played in the 2008 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas (SC vs. NC) ... had 98 tackles as a junior ... an all-region selection in 2007 .. coached by Trey Woodberry ... recruited by Al Seamonson.

    Personal: Born Sept. 7, 1990 in Florence, S.C. ... full name is James Avery Murray ... father is Lawrence Eaddy and mother is Vernessa Murray ... has three siblings (Tawana, 29; Senere, 20; Jamel, 10) ... a four-time member of the honor roll in high school ... desires a career in physical therapy.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On linebacker Avery Murray:
    "I was really happy that Avery Murray was able to come in because we have a need at linebacker. This guy can run and has showed that he is very strong in the weight room. I am hoping that he can be a factor very soon in our program. He is a very good student and was able to graduate early and come to Maryland early."

    Fall 2009 Additions

    D.J. Adams
    Running Back
    Fr.-HS, 5-10, 210
    Norcross, Ga. (Norcross High School)

    At Norcross High School: One of the top running backs in the nation ... a powerful, yet explosive back ... member of the ESPNU 150 and Tom Lemming's Top Player list ... the No. 16-ranked running back in the nation by Scout, Inc. ... ranked No. 29 nationally among running backs by Rivals.com ... also a member of the Rivals.com 2008 Goergia Postseason Top 75 ... ranked No. 51 on the SuperPrep Dixie 287 list ... the 22nd-ranked player in the state of Georgia by Scout.com ... an honorable mention Class AAAAA All-Georgia honoree as a senior ... ranked 62nd nationally among running backs by Scout.com ... rushed for 1,584 yards (on 257 carries) and 14 TDs in 2008, leading his team to an 8-4 record ... played in the 2008 GACA North-South All-Star game ... carried 204 times for 1,462 yards (7.2 average) and 11 TDs as a junior... also had 12 receptions for 95 yards and two TDs in 2007 ... also considered Florida, LSU, Clemson and Notre Dame ... coached by Keith Maloof ... recruited by Tom Brattan.

    Personal: Born Sept. 27, 1990 in Atlanta ... parents are Karen and Alan Adams ... has one sibling (Faith, 6) ... plans to major in journalism ... involved in many community service projects in high school.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On running back D.J. Adams:
    "D.J. comes from a coaching family. D.J. is a very engaging young man. He is bright-eyed and very articulate. He is also one of the top running backs in the country. We were recruiting him very hard and battled a lot of other schools for him. We are very happy to have D.J. Adams."


    Justin Anderson
    Defensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-5, 265
    Blythewood, S.C. (Blythewood High School)

    At Blythewood High School: An impressive physical presence along the defensive line ... ranked No. 60 nationally among strongside defensive ends by Rivals.com ... also a member of the Rivals.com 2008 South Carolina Postseason Top 35 ... ranked No. 80 nationally among DEs by Scout.com ... ranked No. 124 nationally among defensive ends by Scouts, Inc. ... member of the SuperPrep South Carolina Top 46 ... a 2008 third-team all-state selection after posting 51 tackles, including two sacks, nine quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick ... played in the 2008 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas (SC vs. NC) ... also considered Clemson, Georgia Tech and South Carolina ... coached by Geremy Saitz ... recruited by Al Seamonson.

    Personal: Born Jan. 22, 1991 in Columbia, S.C. ... parents are Sandra and James Richardson ... member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... plans on majoring in sports medicine.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On defensive lineman Justin Anderson:
    "Justin Anderson is a guy who really wanted to come to Maryland. He is a big kid who is very athletic. He is a wonderful kid who comes from a great family. We are looking forward to him playing for us. I think we are going to start him out at defensive end but he could grow into a defensive tackle."


    C.J. Brown
    Quarterback
    Fr.-HS, 6-3, 185
    Cranberry Twp., Pa. (Seneca Valley High School)
    Senior Year Bio (courtesy of MaxPreps)

    At Seneca Valley High School: A dual-threat quarterback who is an all-around solid athlete...ranked No. 17 nationally among dual-threat quarterbacks by Rivals.com ... also a member of the Rivals.com 2008 Pennsylvania Postseason Top 40 ... ranked No. 35 nationally among QBs by Scouts, Inc. and No. 67 by Scout.com ... a three-year letterwinner and two-time team captain ... posted school records of 3,845 career passing yards and 26 TDs ... threw for 2,154 yards (single-season school record) with 14 TDs, while rushing for 680 yards and 12 scores in 2008 ... a second-team All-Pennsylvania selection by the AP as a senior ... also a two-time selection for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fab 22 ... a Pittsburgh Tribune Review Fantastic 25 choice as a senior ... a two-time unanimous All-Northern Six Conference selection ... threw for 1,567 yards and 11 TDs as a junior ... also a three-year letterwinner in basketball ... first-team All-Butler County and first-team all-section as a junior ... rushed for 586 yards and five more scores in 2007 ... an honorable mention all-conference choice as a sophomore ... also recruited by Penn State, Pittsburgh, Boston College and Notre Dame...coached by Ron Butschle ... recruited by Lee Hull and James Franklin.

    Personal: Born June 21, 1991 in Troy, Mich....full name is Clark Brown, Jr. ... parents are Clark, Sr. and Kimberly Brown ... father played football at Michigan State ... has two younger siblings (Jordan, 14; Katie, 12) ... a three-time member of the high honor roll in high school ... maintains a 3.9 GPA in high school ... some of his community service endeavors include Little Dribblers, spending time at the local food bank and the Walk For Autism ... enjoys playing golf with his friends ... undecided on a major.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On quarterback C.J. Brown:
    "C.J. Brown is a very good student and an excellent athlete. His father played quarterback at Michigan State, and I think we were the first school to make an offer to C.J. He had a very good senior year, and he held on to his commitment to us. He has a wonderful family and is a wonderful kid."


    Pete DeSouza
    Offensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-7, 325
    Silver Spring, Md. (DeMatha High School)
    Senior Year Bio (courtesy of MaxPreps)

    At DeMatha High School: An imposing physical specimen who has good feet and agility ... rated No. 60 among offensive tackles by Rivals.com ... ranked No. 64 nationally among offensive tackles by Scout.com ... ranked No. 124 nationally among offensive guards by Scouts, Inc. ... a 2008 first-team All-Met and All-WCAC selection along the offensive line after leading the Stags to their sixth-consecutive league title ... graded out at 90 percent or better in every game as a senior ... played in the inaugural Crab Bowl (Washington D.C. vs. Baltimore) in 2008 ... also considered West Virginia, Rutgers, Virginia, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Miami ... coached by Bill McGregor ... recruited by Chris Cosh and James Franklin.

    Personal: Born Oct. 14, 1990 in San Francisco ... plans to major in either psychology or communications.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On offensive lineman Pete DeSouza:
    "Pete is a huge offensive lineman. If you watch his highlight films, he just engulfs people. We are very excited to have Pete in our program."


    Ryan Donohue
    Linebacker
    Fr.-HS, 6-2, 220
    Montvale, N.J. (St. Joseph Regional High School)
    Senior Year Bio (courtesy of MaxPreps)

    At St. Joseph Regional High School: A hard-nosed, sure-tackling linebacker ... ranked No. 66 nationally among inside linebackers by Scout ... ranked No. 75 nationally among inside linebackers by Rivals.com ... the 25th-rated player in the state of New Jersey by Rivals.com ... also a member of the Rivals.com 2008 New Jersey Postseason Top 30 ... helped lead his team to the 2008 Group III state championship, the team's 11th in a 14-year span ... a 2008 consensus all-state selection ... registered 135 tackles, including one sack, and one interception as a senior ... also had 32 carries for 153 yards and three TDs, as well as six receptions for 53 yards and one TD while playing fullback and tight end ... also considered Rutgers, Miami, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Penn State and Akron ... coached by Tony Karcich ... recruited by Dave Sollazzo.

    Personal: Born Dec. 2, 1990 in Rockland County, N.Y. ... plans to major in kinesiology ... enjoys lifting weights and playing video games in his spare time.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On linebacker Ryan Donohue:
    "Ryan was player of the year in his county in New Jersey. He played on a state championship team. He is an excellent linebacker who can run and hit. We battled quite a few schools to get Ryan, but we were able to get him committed early and he went on to have a great senior year."


    Nick Ferrara
    Place-kicker/Punter
    Fr.-HS, 6-1, 195
    Hicksville, N.Y. (St. Anthony's High School)
    Senior Year Bio (courtesy of MaxPreps)

    At St. Anthony's High School: A strong-legged place-kicker ... also hanled punting and kickoff duties ... the 28th-ranked kicker in the country by Scouts, Inc. ... named to the Special Teams Solutions Elite Class of 2009 which consists of many of the nation's top kicking, punting and long-snapping prospects ... national champion of the kicking.com combine ... missed the early part of the 2008 season due to a fractured ankle, but still ended up connecting on 14 of 16 field-goal attempts, and 46 of 48 PATs ... had a school-record 47-yarder ... set a school record with 88 points and set a Long Island-mark with 14 field goals ... an all-state and All-Tri State choice as a senior ... also named to Newsday's 2008 All-Long Island team ... a 2007 second-team All-Suburban selection ... also considered Michigan, Tennessee, South Carolina, Penn State, Georgia, LSU and Rutgers ... coached by Rich Reichert ... recruited by Dave Sollazzo.

    Personal: Born April 24, 1991 in Syosset, N.Y. ... parents are Joseph and Gina Ferrara ... plans to major in business marketing with a minor in sports management ... enjoys water sports, pickup basketball and watching movies in his spare time ... has served as a youth football coach and a special needs t-ball coach ... also volunteered with the Michael Magro Foundation.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On place-kicker Nick Ferrara:
    "We were impressed by not only Nick Ferrara's field goal kicking, but by his kickoffs as well. He ended up as the leading scorer for a place-kicker in Long Island history. He gets great height on his ball when he kicks. We are anxious to have him, and he will take the place of Obi Egekeze, and see if he can come in right away and kick as a freshman."


    Eric Franklin
    Defensive Back
    Fr.-HS, 6-3, 190
    Baltimore, Md. (Archbishop Curley High School)
    Senior Year Bio (courtesy of MaxPreps)

    At Archbishop Curley High School: A heady, hard-nosed player who is a student of the game ... a 2008 small school all-state choice from his free safety spot ... also tabbed first-team All-Baltimore City and second-team All-Metro by the Baltimore Sun ... member of the 2008 All-MIAA (B Conference) team ... recorded 75 tackles, six interceptions, nine pass breakups and one fumble recovery in 2008, helping the Friars to an 8-3 record ... also caught 13 passes and posted three TDs as a tight end ... registered 99 tackles, including 32 solo stops, and six interceptions as a junior ... also caught 12 passes for 254 yards and three TDs. ... served as team captain and a member of the 2008 Maryland Academic All-State team ... also ran track and played basketball ... coached by Sean Murphy ... recruited by Kevin Lempa and Chris Cosh.

    Personal: Born Feb. 12, 1991 in Baltimore ... maintained a 4.0 GPA in high school ... plans to major in civil engineering.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On defensive back Eric Franklin:
    "Eric Franklin has great academics and wants to be a civil engineer. He can run, he can hit and you can see that he is going to be a 210-pounder. What else can you ask for - he is a big, strong, fast kid, with great grades. He went on to have a great senior year, and we are excited that he is going to be a Terp."


    Bennett Fulper
    Offensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-4, 285
    Gretna, Va. (Gretna High School)
    Senior Year Bio (courtesy of MaxPreps)

    At Gretna High School: An intelligent, versatile two-way player ... saw action on the offensive and defensive lines ... a four-year starter on the offensive line (first three at center/last one at right tackle) ... helped lead the Hawks to a 13-1 record in 2008, which culminated with a win over Floyd County in the Virginia Group A Division 2 state championship game ... marked the second-straight state title for the Hawks ... member of the 2008 Virginia Group A all-state team ... also competed in track (throws) ... coached by Chris Thurman ... recruited by Tom Brattan.

    Personal: Born July 26, 1990 in Gretna, Va. ... maintains a 4.2 GPA in high school ... plans to major in engineering.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On offensive lineman Bennett Fulper:
    "Bennett Fulper is a great student who wants to be an engineer. This guy is a wide body with great strength and is very mobile. We are looking to see if he can play center for us. We were very happy to get this young man committed to Maryland. Not only is he a good football player, but he is a great student."


    Lorne Goree
    Linebacker
    Fr.-HS, 6-2, 200
    Springdale, Md. (C.H. Flowers High School)

    At C.H. Flowers High School: A highly-skilled, physical player who has a nose for the ball ... a two-year starter at outside linebacker ... rated 35th-best weakside linebacker prospect in the nation by Scout.com ... No. 47 nationally among outside linebackers by Rivals.com ... ranked No. 92 nationally among outside LBs by Scouts, Inc. ... recorded 90 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries (one of which he returned for a touchdown) as a senior ... also caught six passes for 140 yards and two scores, helping the Jaguars post a 10-2 record, including a runner-up finish in the 4A South region ... played in the inaugural Crab Bowl (Washington D.C. vs. Baltimore) in 2008 ... also attended Duval High School (Dunham, Md.) ... also considered West Virginia, Illinois and Syracuse ... coached by Mike Mayo ... recruited by James Franklin.

    Personal: Born Aug. 16, 1991 in Washington, D.C. ... full name is Lorne Goree, Jr. ... nickname is L.A. ... undecided on a major.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On linebacker Lorne Goree:
    "Lorne Goree is very athletic, has great speed, is very aggressive and makes a lot of plays. He had a very good senior year of high school, and we are very happy that he is going to be a Terp."


    Avery Graham
    Defensive Back
    Fr.-HS, 5-10, 185
    Clarksburg, Md. (Clarksburg High School)
    Senior Year Bio (courtesy of MaxPreps)

    At Clarksburg High School: A well-built, rangy defender who is a strong tackler ... a solid two-way player who started both his seasons at the school ... rates among the nation's best at DB and RB ... played cornerback, but rated No. 116 nationally among safeties by Scouts, Inc. ... the 69th-best cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com ... posted 84 tackles, including three sacks, and four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) in 2008 ... also rushed 51 times for 620 yards and four TDs ... caught nine passes for 87 yards and two scores ... recorded 76 tackles as a junior in helping the Coyotes to a 12-1 mark, which ended in the 2A state semifinals ... also rushed for 900 yards on 90 attempts with 14 TDs, as well as four kickoff returns scores ... a standout track athlete who won the 55-meter title at the 2008 2A state meet ... also a state champion in the 100 meters and shot put ... recruited by West Virginia ... coached by Larry Hurd ... recruited by Dave Sollazzo.

    Personal: Born Jan. 8, 1991 in Baltimore ... plans to major in animal science.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On defensive back Avery Graham:
    "Avery Graham is a very interesting kid. He loves animals and wants to be a veterinarian. He is a very good student. He is also a state 100-meters champion and also throws the shot-put well. He is not a big kid, but he is put together pretty well. He is an interesting combination in that he can run fast, can throw the shot-put and wants to be a veterinarian."


    Travis Hawkins
    Defensive Back
    Fr.-HS, 5-10, 185
    Gaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard High School)

    At Quince Orchard High School: An explosive player with great instincts and good versatility...played cornerback, quarterback, running back and wide receiver during his career with the Cougars...labeled a four-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com...No. 9 in SuperPrep's Mid-Atlantic 54...rated the 12th-best cornerback in the nation according to Scout...an all-state choice ... rated the fifth-best player in Maryland and the 22nd-best cornerback nationally by Rivals...No. 196 in the Rivals 250, which ranks the top overall players nationwide for the class of 2009...recorded 25 tackles and two interceptions as a senior in 2008, as opposing quarterbacks avoided throwing in his direction...accounted for 11 TDs on offense (four passing, four receiving and three rushing)...helped Quince Orchard (10-2) advance to the 4A West finals...invited to participate in the Under Armour All-American game...had 42 tackles on defense and more than 1,100 yards of total offense as a junior in 2007 in helping the Cougars claim the 4A state championship...a three-year starter in high school...received 20-plus offers from schools in just about every major BCS conference...clocked at 4.42 in the 40-yard dash ... also recruited by West Virginia, Florida and Oregon, among others...coached by Dave Mencarini ... recruited by Dave Sollazzo.

    Personal: High school teammate of fellow Terp recruit Zach Kerr...played little league football with fellow Maryland recruit Caleb Porzel...undecided on a major.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On defensive back Travis Hawkins:
    "Travis Hawkins is an outstanding football player. We started recruiting Travis about three years ago. He can play offense, he can play running back, he can play wide receiver, and he can play defensive back, corner or even safety. When Travis is on the field, good things happen. He is either hitting the opponent, or intercepting or breaking tackles."


    Bradley Johnson
    Linebacker
    Fr.-HS, 6-1, 210
    Dinwiddie, Va. (Dinwiddie High School)
    Senior Year Bio (courtesy of MaxPreps)

    At Dinwiddie High School: A strong, experienced linebacker who accumulates tackles in bunches...has good quickness and tends to lead by example...played primarily at outside linebacker for the Generals...No. 35 in SuperPrep's Virginia 50...rated the 21st-best player in Virginia and the 22nd-best outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals...rated the 56th-best weakside linebacker nationally by Scout.com...recorded 124 tackles, five TFLs, five PBUs, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a senior in 2008...helped the Generals claim a runner-up finish in the Virginia Group AAA Division 5 playoffs...tallied 113 tackles, six PBUs, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a junior in 2007...finished his prep career with 299 total tackles...clocked at 4.7 in the 40-yard dash...can bench press over 350...also recruited by Virginia Tech, West Virginia, South Carolina, Duke, East Carolina and Richmond...coached by Billy Mills ... recruited by Tom Brattan.

    Personal: Born Sept. 25, 1991 in Richmond, Va....son of Lisa Johnson ... enjoys fishing in his spare time...has a 3.0 GPA...lists E.J. Henderson as his all-time favorite Terp...intends to major in business.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On linebacker Bradley Johnson:
    "Bradley Johnson is a good student who wants to major in business. He is a very versatile linebacker. He can play either inside or outside linebacker. This is a kid who epitomizes what we are looking for in our student-athletes. He has good vision and wants to be a success in life but also wants to be a good football player."


    Nick Klemm
    Offensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-7, 275
    Marietta, Ga. (Wheeler High School)

    At Wheeler High School: A strong, powerful lineman who showed great improvement from his junior to season seasons ... a two-sport star ... a three-year starter on the offensive line ... also played defensive line during his career ... a 2008 honorable mention all-county choice by the Marietta Daily Journal ... selected for the county Senior Bowl ... also a pitcher for the baseball team ... also considered Boston College, Purdue and Syracuse ... coached by Tom Flugum ... recruited by Tom Brattan.

    Personal: Parents are Sue and David Klemm ... brother, Andrew, is a junior at Georgia ... likes Maryland for the family atmosphere ... plans on majoring in business ... enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On offensive lineman Nick Klemm:
    "I was very impressed with Nick when I met him. He is probably either going to be a right tackle or a right guard. I think he will be a very good football player and a very good student."


    David Mackall
    Linebacker
    Fr.-HS, 6-3, 256
    Baltimore, Md. (Edmondson-Westside High School)
    Senior Year Bio (courtesy of MaxPreps)

    At Edmondson Westside High School: A tough-minded, aggressive defensive lineman who has a good motor...plays with physicality and has good closing speed...played primarily defensive end for the Red Storm...labeled a four-star recruit by Rivals.com...No. 24 in SuperPrep's Mid-Atlantic 54...rated the ninth-best player in Maryland and the 15th-best strongside defensive end in the nation by Rivals...rated the 83rd-best defensive end nationally by Scout...tallied 91 tackles, including six sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries despite playing through a wrist injury as a senior in 2008...helped lead Red Storm to an 8-4 record and a berth in the Class 2A North regional championship game...selected to the ESPN Small School All-State team...named defensive MVP of the Offense-Defense Bowl after recording two sacks and blocking a punt...contributed 13 sacks as a junior ...helped Red Storm claim its first Class 2A state championship in 2006...also played basketball and plays lacrosse for the Red Storm...also recruited by Georgia, Clemson and Syracuse...coached by Dante Jones ... recruited by James Franklin.

    Personal: Born March 20, 1991 in Baltimore...parents are David, Sr. and Ava Mackall ... coached by current Maryland director of football operations Jemal Griffin early in his prep career...enjoys drawing and playing video games in his spare time...lists Shawne Merriman as his all-time favorite Terp...considering majoring in business management or sports management and finance.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On linebacker David Mackall:
    "The best way I can describe David is big, fast, athletic and he will hit you. I think he will end up growing into a defensive end. He is going to be an outstanding football player."


    Dexter McDougle
    Defensive Back
    Fr.-HS, 6-0, 185
    Falmouth, Va. (Stafford Senior High School)

    At Stafford Senior High School: A versatile, exciting player who has the potential to contribute for various units...played free safety, cornerback, running back and wide receiver for the Indians...rated the 63rd-best safety in the nation according to Scout...rated the 76th-best athlete nationally by Rivals...recorded 97 tackles and six interceptions as a senior in 2008 after missing most of his junior year with an injury...also caught 48 passes for 885 yards and 11 TDs and rushed for 457 yards and nine scores on 76 carries...returned one punt and two kickoffs for TDs last season...named honorable mention All-Met by the Washington Post...also garnered all-area and all-district honors following the 2008 season...missed the majority of his junior season due to injury...also played basketball...clocked at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash...also received interest from South Carolina and Virginia Tech...coached by Chad Lewis ... recruited by Tom Brattan.

    Personal: Born April 8, 1991 in Woodbridge, Va....parents are Dexter and Gina McDougle ... high school teammate of current Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith...lists Shawne Merriman as his favorite all-time Terp...carries a 3.5 GPA ... undecided on a major.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On defensive back Dexter McDougle:
    "He played at (current Maryland wide receiver) Torrey Smith's high school and is a similar kid to Smith. He is a good student with high character. He is a big-play kind of guy. He could be challenging Torrey for the kickoff return job. We will play him at cornerback. He is a very good student with tremendous ball skills."


    Danny O'Brien
    Quarterback
    Fr.-HS, 6-3, 200
    Kernersville, N.C. (East Forsyth High School)
    Senior Year Bio (courtesy of MaxPreps)

    At East Forsyth High School: An athletic quarterback who can beat an opposing defense with his arm or his legs...has demonstrated leadership capabilities and a high football IQ...rated the 36th-best pro-style quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com...No. 35 player in North Carolina according to Rivals...rated the 58th-best quarterback nationally according to Scout ...completed 117 of 235 passes for 1,640 yards and 16 TDs with six interceptions as a senior in 2008...also rushed 780 yards and 11 scores on 160 carries...had eight 100-yard passing games and three 100-yard rushing games in 2008...helped the Eagles (12-2) claim a Metro 4-A Conference championship and advance to the third round of the state playoffs...an all-conference nominee...completed 151of 248 passes for 1,905 yards and 15 TDs while also rushing for 290 yards and seven scores in 2007... also plays basketball...also recruited by Virginia, Wake Forest, Clemson, Duke and East Carolina...coached by Todd Willert ... recruited by Danny Pearman and James Franklin.

    Personal: Born Sept. 26, 1990 St. Paul, Minn....enjoys training, hanging out with friends and relaxing in his spare time...lists Boomer Esiason as his all-time favorite Terp...intends to major in business management.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On quarterback Danny O'Brien:
    "This guy got into school all by himself. He is a 1400 SAT guy. He is very, very bright. He is an excellent athlete. Basketball is really the sport that he first loved, but then he went to football. We had to battle a lot of people to get this guy. He is an excellent passer, very mobile. He is interested in business."


    Caleb Porzel
    Running Back
    Fr.-HS, 5-9, 185
    Olney, Md. (Good Counsel High School)
    Senior Year Bio (courtesy of MaxPreps)

    At Good Counsel High School: A speedy, instinctual running back with good vision and a low center of gravity...labeled a four-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com...No. 5 in SuperPrep's Mid-Atlantic 54...rated the 15th-best all-purpose back in the nation and the 10th-best player in Maryland by Rivals...rated the 14th-best running back nationally by Scout...rushed for 1,152 yards on 121 carries with 16 TDs as a senior in 2008...also had nine catches for 81 yards and one score and two punt returns for TDs...helped lead the Falcons to an 11-1 record and a runner-up finish in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference... selected to the Washington Post's All-Met team following the 2008 season...rushed for 139 yards and three first-quarter TDs during a nationally-televised win over DeMatha on Oct. 2, 2008...named MVP of the 2008 Crab Bowl after scoring three times in leading the Washington, D.C. team to victory...also rushed for 967 yards with 16 TDs at a junior in 2007...also participates in sprint events on the Falcons' track & field team...clocked at 4.21 in the 40-yard dash...also recruited by West Virginia, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Syracuse, Richmond...coached by Bob Milloy ... recruited by Chris Cosh and James Franklin.

    Personal: Born April 26, 1991 in Salisbury, Md....enjoys listening to music and spending time with friends in his spare time...considering majoring in kinesiology or communications.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On running back Caleb Porzel:
    "When you see this kid, he is going to take your breath away. He is explosive. I remember watching him on tape last spring, and we had a lot of guys like him in the state last year - not real tall guys but pretty good football players. And Caleb stood out to me, because he just accelerated and explodes. He reminds a lot of (former Maryland running back) Chris Downs, when he played here. He is very, very powerful. He can run inside and outside. I think he is going to be a really good football player, and I am happy he is playing for us."


    Isaiah Ross
    Linebacker
    Fr.-HS, 6-2, 248
    Greenbelt, Md. (Eleanor Roosevelt High School)
    Senior Year Bio (courtesy of MaxPreps)

    At Eleanor Roosevelt High School: A smart, athletic player who leads by example...has a strong lower body and good leverage...ranked No. 30 in SuperPrep's Mid-Atlantic 54...rated the 67th-best inside linebacker in the nation by Rivals...rated the 76th-best middle linebacker nationally by Scout.com...played on the Raiders' defensive line, recording 80 tackles, including 12.5 sacks, and two interceptions in 2008...also caught two passes for 15 yards...helped lead the Raiders to a 10-1 record in 2008...named 2008 Prince George's County Player of the Year...named first team All-Met by the Washington Post in 2008...a 2007 honorable mention All-Met choice .. also plays basketball...also considered Illinois, Buffalo, NC State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Syracuse...coached by Tom Green ... recruited by James Franklin.

    Personal: Born Jan. 24, 1991 in Washington, D.C....enjoys playing pickup basketball and working out in his spare time...lists E.J. Henderson as his favorite all-time Terps...considering majoring in business management or sports communication.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On linebacker Isaiah Ross:
    "Isaiah is a big athlete. He can play down, and he can play up. We will play him on defense. He will probably end up being a defensive end for us. Right now we think he can play linebacker. He is also a good student, and I think he is a guy that can play a lot of places and fill a lot of needs for us."


    Dave Stinebaugh
    Tight End
    Fr.-HS, 6-4, 215
    Baltimore, Md. (Perry Hall High School)
    Senior Year Bio (courtesy of MaxPreps)

    At Perry Hall High School: A strong two-way player who has great versatility and a nose for the ball...works hard on every down...played tight end, wide receiver, linebacker, free safety and punter for the Gators, who were 9-3 in 2008 with a runner-up finish in the 4A North region...No. 36 in SuperPrep's Mid-Atlantic 54...rated the 57th-best tight end in the nation by Scout...rated the 67th-best athlete by Rivals...caught 45 passes for 632 yards and nine TDs as a senior in 2008...also tallied 75 tackles, seven interceptions, seven PBUs and five fumble recoveries during his final prep season...a 2008 first team All-Baltimore Metro performer and all-county selection...also garnered all-state honors... earned Baltimore County Player of the Year honors as a junior in 2007 after snaring 55 passes for 1,035 yards and 16 TDs, rushing for a touchdown, throwing a 52-yard pass for another and returning one of his four interceptions for a score...also plays basketball and lacrosse...clocked at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash...also recruited by Connecticut, Wake Forest, Rutgers and Syracuse...coached by Keith Robinson ... recruited by James Franklin.

    Personal: Born Feb. 20, 1991 in Baltimore...parents are Scott and Sharon Stinebaugh...chose Maryland for its tight-knit program and the atmosphere...has dreamed of playing at Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium since childhood...enjoys working on cars and going to car shows in his spare time...kicked the game-winning field goal in his first varsity game...intends to major in kinesiology or sports medicine.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On tight end Dave Stinebaugh:
    "Dave Stinebaugh is another kid who is a big kid. He is 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, but I think he is going to be 250, 260. We recruited him last year as a tight end and then this year they didn't really have a cornerback, so they moved him to defense and he stood out as a safety. I think he will grow into a linebacker or tight end."


    Pete White
    Offensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-5, 340
    Washington, D.C. (St. John's College High School)

    At St. Johns College High School: A powerful blocker who uses his hands well ... among the top offensive linemen in the nation ... four-year starter on the offensive line and three-year starter on DL ... ranked No. 5 nationally among offensive guards by Scout.com ... rated 13th nationally among guards by Rivals.com ... ranked No. 22 nationally among OGs by Scouts, Inc. ... rated No. 1 on Rivals.com's District of Columbia Postseason Top 5 ... a 2008 first-team All-Met selection on the o-line by the Washington Post ... a second-team All-Met choice along the offensive line in 2007 ... a three time first-team All-WCAC performer ... led his team to a 7-4 mark as a senior when he had 63 pancake blocks ... played in the 2009 Under Armour All-America Game ... also considered Tennessee and Miami ... coached by Joe Patterson ... recruited by James Franklin, Tom Brattan and Chris Cosh.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On offensive lineman Pete White:
    "A word that I can use to describe Pete is 'dominant.' He just dominates people. When you watch his film, he explodes. He is a big, strong, athletic kid that we have been recruiting for three years. He comes from a Terp family. His mom played basketball here, his dad got his master's degree here, his sister goes to school here and I was scared to death that he wasn't going to go here."


    Marcus Whitfield
    Linebacker
    Fr.-HS, 6-2, 220
    Germantown, Md. (Northwest High School)

    At Northwest High School: A big, athletic outside linebacker who has excellent closing speed...also played tight end for the Jaguars, starting his final two seasons...ranked No. 39 in SuperPrep's Mid-Atlantic 54...rated the 63rd-best strongside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com...rated 89th nationally at outside linebacker according to Rivals...recorded 39 tackles, including 9.0 TFLs, six quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as a senior in his only season playing on the defensive side of the ball...caught 25 passes for 372 yards and three TDs at tight end...also punted 16 times for a 28.5-yard average...helped the Jaguars (7-4) reach the playoffs...earned first team All-County 4A honors in 2008...contributed 15 catches for 242 yards and three TDs as a junior in 2007...also participated in track & field in high school, running sprints and throwing shot put...clocked at 4.48 in the 40-yard dash...also considered West Virginia, East Carolina, Buffalo and Akron...coached by Andrew Fields ... ... recruited by Dave Sollazzo.

    Personal: Born Dec. 15, 1990...parents are Scott and Jennifer Whitfield...was coached by his father in various sports throughout childhood...chose Maryland because of the academic programs and the team's family-like environment...enjoys playing basketball and hanging out with friends in his spare time...lists Vernon Davis as his favorite all-time Terp...undecided on a major but considering sports medicine.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On linebacker Marcus Whitfield:
    "When I think of him, I think of length - long arms, tall kid, can run and very athletic. Again, I think he is a work in progress. I think he is a guy that when he is finished is going to be 245 pounds who is very athletic and can run. He is also a good student."



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